The singer swept into the UK yesterday aboard her private 777 tour plane, and within just 24 hours turned on the Christmas lights at Westfield’s Stratford Shopping Centre.
Next she gyrated on stage in London’s Kentish Town Forum at a private gig, and was up bright and early to head back to the plane at 6am. Phew!
Rude girl: Rihanna rips off Michael Jackson’s crotch-grabbing moves
Dressed in an animal print crop top, and matching shirt and trousers decorated with hands holding a cigarette, the provocative singer put on her best rude girl act, which included her now signature crotch-grabbing moves.
Celebrities including Stella McCartney, Chloe Moretz, Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix, turned out to see Rihanna bump and grind onstage as she performed her numerous hits.
However, before the real fun began, Rihanna’s first appointment was a trip to the eastside of London to appear at an event which signalled the beginning of the festive spending season.
Waiving a fee she switched on the Christmas light’s at London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping centre on Monday evening.
Certainly not in the blue: Rihanna takes to the stage at Westfiield Stratford shopping centre to turn on the Christmas lights wearing an oversized coat
Good turn out then: Rihanna proved popular as she became the star attraction at the shopping centre in east London
Rihanna – who has been hit by over £200,000 in fines for repeated take off delays on her private Boeing jet – turned up an hour behind schedule for the ceremony.
And allegedly angered the 20,000 fans by performing just one song – the title track from new album Unapologetic
From there, it was off to Kentish Town where a flawless Rihanna barely broke a sweat as she performed for 2,500 fans as part of her 777 Tour.
London was the sixth stop on the gruelling tour, following stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris and Berlin.
Rihanna was in the area just a few months ago when she joined Coldplay to perform Princess of China at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
Giving it her all: Rihanna shows off her singing skills dressed in the interesting get-up in front of the festive fans
The singer has visited seven countries in as many days on a specially commissioned Boeing 777 plane and as well as her usual entourage the private jet carried a group of 150 fans as well as journalists.
But this plan, no doubt designed to generate favourable publicity has somewhat backfired on the star.
On Monday the singer faced a mid-air mutiny on the flight from Berlin to London as a journalist who stripped off in the packed cabin for all to see.
The plane was carrying various members of the press as she traveled on her 777 tour, but as the journalists struggled to get any time with the Barbadian starlet, the flight descended into anarchy.
After initial face to face time with Rihanna – which saw her posing for photos and pouring guests Champagne – the singer went AWOL leaving a frustrated pack of reporters and fans cooped up in a very small space.
Mutiny: Rihanna’s fellow travellers have complained that she has not spent time with them after the initial launch
The day had begun with chaos when journalists on board Rihanna’s 777 plane begun to tire of being granted very little access to the star, with one Australian reporter even streaking through the aircraft as it travelled from Berlin, Germany, to England.
And on the journey from Berlin to London, it reached tipping point with journalists documenting the descent into madness on social media.
MTV’s Mary HK Choi tweeted: ‘BEDLAM on the @rihanna plane and press corp YELLS “save our jobs” and “just one quote”.’
Jason Newman – a senior writer at Fuse magazine – announced that passengers were comparing the mutiny to the Wall Street/St Paul’s protest against the banks.
‘Crowd chanted “Just one quote!,” “I need a headline!” and “Occupy 777” while Aussie journo stripped naked and ran around the plane.’
He also reported that the press pack began using Rihanna’s song lyrics to highlight their frustration, singing SOS and and ‘Where have you been all my life/Are you hiding from us’.
According to the passengers, the inflight menu consisted of ‘a strange amount of lox and coleslaw.’
And devoted fans complained they hadn’t spent any time with the star.
Let’s party! A sneaky peek of her chest tattoo was visible beneath her bralet
Meanwhile, after a quick dash across London, Bajan beauty took to the stage in a white suit with hand motif, and a daring leopard-print bralet beneath.
True to form, it wasn’t long before the jacket was gone and Rihanna was bumping and grinding to delight her fans.
The ensemble was eye catching, but most impressive was her arsenal of gold jewellery.
Stage stalker: Rihanna prowled the stage in her pyjama style trouser suit
She wore a wrist of bracelets, including one which looked like a vintage 1990s Versace pieces that matched her necklace.
Her fingers, tipped with long red lacquered talons, were adorned with rings, one of which was shaped like an asp coiling around her digit.
And among the 2,500 people in the crowd, a host of celebrities turned out to watch the star perform including Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and fashion designer Stella McCartney.
London’s finest: Designer Stella McCartney and socialite Cara Delevingne also turned out to watch Rihanna perform
Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne looked ready to dance in cropped top which hung off her shoulder with the message ‘lover not a fighter’ across the front, and slouchy joggers.
However, things didn’t exactly go to plan. Rihanna called a halt to the set during ‘Where Have You Been’ when the band started playing out of sync with the backing track.
She said: “What the f*** is that? Why is the track off with the band? This is the s**t you have to deal with on a rock ‘n’ roll tour!”
After the show Leigh-Anne tweeted: ‘Ahhhh shes just amazing! Wow… I’m inspired.. 🙂 x Leigh #RiRi was just amazing x.’
Here to learn something? Pop stars Pixie Lott and Alexandra Burke eagerly arrived to watch the show
British model and socialite Cara Delevingne wore a black jumper with a bar-code on the front and wore a denim jacket over the top.
Cara also had the chance to relax with Rihanna after the concert and posted a picture of the pair sitting together on a sofa online.
Old fans: Stella and Kylie rocked up to the event to party with the star and the younger pop set
Celebrity chums: Stella hung out with Rihanna after the show on Monday night
However, Kylie Minogue appeared to have more energy – she was in the crowd despite taking part in the Royal Variety Performance earlier in the evening.
The Australian singer wore a gold mini-dress similar in colour to the shimmering dress she wore at the Royal Albert Hall that night.
After a few hours shut- eye, Rihanna emerged at 6am, kissed her loyal British fans goodbye to catch her plane and start the day all over again.
Rihanna makes her final stop on the ‘777’ tour in New York on Tuesaday night.